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verb (used with object),blend·ed or (Literary) blent, blend·ing.
  1. to mix smoothly and inseparably together: to blend the ingredients in a recipe.

  2. to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality: Blend a little red paint with the blue paint.

  1. to prepare by such mixture: This tea is blended by mixing chamomile with pekoe.

  2. Phonetics. to pronounce (an utterance) as a combined sequence of sounds.

verb (used without object),blend·ed or (Literary) blent, blend·ing.
  1. to mix or intermingle smoothly and inseparably: I can't get the eggs and cream to blend.

  2. to fit or relate harmoniously; accord; go: The brown sofa did not blend with the purple wall.

  1. to have no perceptible separation: Sea and sky seemed to blend.

  1. an act or manner of blending: tea of our own blend.

  2. a mixture or kind produced by blending: a special blend of rye and wheat flours.

  1. Linguistics. a word made by putting together parts of other words, as motel, made from motor and hotel, brunch, from breakfast and lunch, or guesstimate, from guess and estimate.

  2. Phonetics. a sequence of two or more consonant sounds within a syllable, as the bl in blend; consonant cluster.

Verb Phrases
  1. blend in, to escape attention by looking or acting like other members of a group or like the surrounding environment: tourists who try to blend in with the locals;salamanders that blend in with mossy surfaces.

Origin of blend

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English blenden (the first e not satisfactorily explained) “to mix”; akin to Old English blandan “to mix”; cognate with or partially derived from the Old Norse verb blanda (from the present stem blend- ), Old High German blantan “to mix”

synonym study For blend

1. See mix.

Other words for blend

Opposites for blend

Other words from blend

  • non·blend·ed, adjective
  • non·blend·ing, adjective, noun
  • re·blend, verb, re·blend·ed or re·blent, re·blend·ing.
  • un·blend·ed, adjective
  • well-blended, adjective

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How to use blend in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blend


/ (blɛnd) /

  1. to mix or mingle (components) together thoroughly

  2. (tr) to mix (different grades or varieties of tea, whisky, tobacco, etc) to produce a particular flavour, consistency, etc

  1. (intr) to look good together; harmonize

  2. (intr) (esp of colours) to shade imperceptibly into each other

  1. a mixture or type produced by blending

  2. the act of blending

  1. Also called: portmanteau word a word formed by joining together the beginning and the end of two other words: "brunch" is a blend of "breakfast" and "lunch"

Origin of blend

Old English blandan; related to blendan to deceive, Old Norse blanda, Old High German blantan

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